“The 2014 Dias Festival has been a success by all indications and it is estimated that the attendance was approximately twenty per cent more than the 20 000 people that visited it last year. It was also noticeable how many of the people came from Mossel Bay’s neighbouring towns,” said the Executive Mayor, Alderlady Marie Ferreira.
“The festival was opened by the Western Cape Premier, Ms Helen Zille, and apart from Fiësta and the SABC, even the Chinese national television service was present to give coverage to the festival. This was probably a first for a South African town festival,” she said.
She said that apart from the first day when the wind was fairly strong at times, the weather played along nicely and festivalgoers could really enjoy the large variety of exhibitions, stage performances, the airshow and stalls catering for all tastes.
The live performances on stage were a highlight this year and apart from performers such as Emo Adams, Lloyd Cele, Heinz Winckler, Monique and Gerrie Pretorius, the Indonesian folk dancers, the gumboot dancers and the reel dancers from Wupperthal were outstanding.
The cultural concert where the gumboot dancers, Khoi dancers, a local brass band and Indonesian as well as Portuguese folk dancers performed, was another highlight. The street parade was also bigger than last year.
“I would also like to thank all who made a contribution to the festival, or who attended it, sincerely for their support and the way in which they contributed to realising the festival theme of “Where Cultures Meet,” said Alderlady Ferreira.